Kevin O'Dwyer: Shaping Artistic Landscapes at Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild  

As the Artistic Director of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, Kevin O'Dwyer stands at the helm of a unique artistic endeavor that marries the natural beauty of Montana's Blackfoot Valley with the transformative power of sculpture. With a deep reverence for the land and a passion for artistic expression, O'Dwyer has helped to shape this remarkable outdoor gallery into a destination unlike any other.

Celebrating Nature, Culture, and Community

At Blackfoot Pathways, O'Dwyer's vision is not just about creating art; it's about creating experiences that celebrate the rich tapestry of nature, culture, and community that defines the Blackfoot Valley. Through a carefully curated selection of sculptures and installations, he invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the intersection of art and landscape in new and unexpected ways.

Fostering Creativity and Collaboration

Central to O'Dwyer's approach as Artistic Director is his commitment to fostering creativity and collaboration among artists from around the world. Through artist residencies, workshops, and community outreach programs, he creates opportunities for artists to come together, share ideas, and create works that resonate deeply with the landscape and the people who call it home.

Inspiring Dialogue and Reflection

Through his leadership, O'Dwyer has helped to foster a dialogue between art, nature, and community that invites visitors to engage with their surroundings in meaningful and thought-provoking ways. Whether through guided tours, artist talks, or interactive workshops, he encourages visitors to reflect on their relationship to the land and to consider the role of art in shaping our perceptions of place and identity.

A Testament to Creativity and Conservation

As Artistic Director of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, Kevin O'Dwyer has not only created a world-class destination for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts but also a testament to the power of creativity and conservation to transform landscapes and lives. Through his leadership, he has helped to preserve and celebrate the natural beauty of the Blackfoot Valley while fostering a deeper appreciation for the intersection of art and environment.

Experience the Magic of Blackfoot Pathways

Whether you're a seasoned art aficionado or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, a visit to Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild is sure to inspire, captivate, and delight. Come and experience the magic for yourself and discover why Kevin O'Dwyer's vision has made this hidden gem in the heart of Montana's wilderness a must-see destination for art lovers everywhere.

Kevin O'Dwyer sculptor
Kevin O'Dwyer sculptor

Creativity, Collaboration and Community

Materials: Steel, Douglas fir, concrete

18ft. x 18ft. 

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild.

A strong architectural form that cuts into the landscape and invites the visitor to explore and engage with the natural environment. An intersection between nature and the manmade acting as a marker/memory to celebrate the ten years of the park where creatives have come on site and collaborated with the local community.

Kevin O'Dwyer sculptor


Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild

Kevin O'Dwyer sculptor
Kevin O'Dwyer sculptor

Kevin O'Dwyer  (Ireland)   2023

Kevin O’Dwyer is an internationally recognised metalsmith, sculptor and photographer. It was his interest in early Irish metalwork and archaeology that led him, circuitously, into metalsmithing. His artwork is in public and private collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), The High Museum (USA), The National Museum of Ireland, The Ulster Museum (NI) University College Dublin, Kamm Teapot Foundation (USA), Sculpture in the Parklands and Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild and The Racine Museum of Art (USA). O’Dwyer was artist-in-residence at the 2008 World Congress of Archaeology and represented Ireland at the 2022 Helsinki Design Week “Design Diplomacy” programme.

O’Dwyer has been a strong advocate of collaboration and community development using artistic practice as a medium to engage and celebrate in our rich environmental, and industrial heritage. He continues his studio practice, making both small and large works of art, as well as collaborating on community driven projects.

O’Dwyer has worked on a variety of art and heritage projects in such roles as artistic director, project manager, and photographer. Most notable as the co- founder and artistic director of Sculpture in the Parklands (Lough Boora Discovery Park) and Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild (USA). O’Dwyer was the recipient of the 2019 Lewis and Clark Historic Preservation Award (USA). In 2020 O’Dwyer received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for his role in the development of the 26-acre sculpture park in Lincoln, Montana.